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Full Report for 06/22/2009


Evanescence Members Hire American Idol Singer
Spin.com reports: Old band, new singer: It's potentially a recipe for disaster -- just ask the boys in defunct groups like Velvet Revolver and Audioslave.

But three former members of goth rock stars Evanescence, all booted from the group over the years by frontwoman Amy Lee, are joining forces for a new band -- and they've tapped American Idol finalist Carly Smithson to contribute lead vocals.

Dublin-born Smithson, who finished sixth in the 2008 season of American Idol, joins ex-Evanescence guitarist/songwriter Ben Moody, guitarist John Lecompt, and drummer Rocky Gray in their new band, the Fallen - more on this story

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Alice Cooper Stage Collapses
PR reports: The Alice Cooper concert scheduled for Saturday, June 20th in Novosibirsk (Siberia), Russia was cancelled due to the collapse of the roof and rigging trusses for the outdoor concert at Spartak Stadium.

The collapse happened the night before the scheduled show making it impossible for the concert to take place. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the mishap. - more on this story

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Heaven & Hell Injury
Blabbermouth reports: According to Sergi Ramos of The Metal Circus, Heaven & Hell was forced to cancel its appearance Sunday night (June 21) at the Metalway Festival in Zaragoza, Spain due to back pain suffered by guitarist Tony Iommi.

Ramos tells Blabbermouth.Net, "The stage was already set with all [Heaven & Hell's] gear and backline, and after a 45-minute delay in the showstart, an ambulance was called to the backstage area and the techs started dismantling their stage gear. There was a big confusion for about half an hour, and afterwards a member of the organization [came up on stage and] explained what happened to Tony, telling [the crowd] that the show wasn't cancelled yet [and] that a doctor was trying to determine whether he could go on or not.

"After a few minutes, while the next band [Saxon] was setting up their stage gear, Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice appeared on stage to adressed the issue in front of the crowd. Ronnie kneeled on stage as if to say 'sorry' and proceeded to tell the crowd that the show could not go on due to Tony's back problem and that they would make it up at another time and place when it's possible."
- more on this story

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Mother Owes $1.92 Million For Downloading Songs
MusicRadar reports: Songs that would cost most people just 99 cents each could soak a Minnestota mother of four out of $1.92 million. Yes, you read correctly. In the second file-sharing copyright-infringement trial against Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a Minnesota jury ruled that she owes $1.92 million to the four major labels after illegally downloading and sharing 24 songs.

The whopping amount comes out to a cost of $80,000 per track illegally shared, and the RIAA hopes this will finally put an end to illegal downloading. more

[in related news: Let the backlash begin. Billboard has an interesting article on how this might hurt the music business. "But a question arose after the verdict about whether the sheer size of the damages could lead to a backlash against an industry that is already portrayed in some quarters as overreaching. Sony BMG attorney Wade Leak, who testified at the trial, said he was 'shocked' by the damages award." - Read the Billboard report

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Blink-182 Tease Fans With Nail Salon Tour Date
MTV reports: It seemed too good (or bizarre) to be true, though with Blink-182 you never can be sure. Did Blink-182 schedule a one-off gig at a Cleveland nail salon?

That's what it said on the tour page of the band's Interscope Records site, which for reasons not clear to anyone showed the guys appearing at Alice's International Salon & Spa on July 10, nearly two weeks before their tour was officially scheduled to kick off in Las Vegas.

Obviously, this got Blink fans buzzing. Imagine catching Mark, Tom and Travis while luxuriating in a seaweed hydration wrap, or getting a French mani-pedi! And doing it all in beautiful Cleveland! - Sadly, it turns out the spa date wasn't legit.

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Fear Factory Comeback Show and Tour Called Off?
Blabbermouth reports: The much-anticipated debut performance by the new band calling itself Fear Factory featuring original FF members Dino Cazares (guitar) and Burton C. Bell (vocals) alongside bassist Byron Stroud (who played on the last two Fear Factory albums in addition to touring and recording with Strapping Young Lad and Zimmers Hole) and legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Dark Angel, Death, Testament) which was scheduled to take place earlier tonight (Sunday, June 21) at the Metalway Festival in Zaragoza, Spain was cancelled at the last minute, reportedly due to legal issues surrounding the use of the Fear Factory name.

Update: According to concert promoter Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur GmbH & Co.KG, Fear Factory's entire German tour which was supposed to take place between August 3 and August 12 has been called off.

In a June 14, 2009 appearance on the nationally syndicated radio program "Speed Freaks", FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera stated about the band's current status, "[Guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers and I] actually still in FEAR FACTORY. There's a big legal battle going on right now. - more on this story

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Hair Band Frontman Scalped By IRS
detnews.com reports: His hair band's album might have been called "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich," but ex-Warrant lead singer Jani Lane is deep in debt to the IRS, public records show.

Lane, 45, who was busted late Wednesday in California for suspicion of DUI, owes $121,024 in federal income taxes, records show.

The Ohio native's former band peaked in 1990 with the suggestive hit Cherry Pie, but Lane later left the band. He rejoined last summer for a short-lived reunion but they have since parted ways. - more on this story

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Adam Lambert's Pre-Idol Debut Coming
Billboard reports: It looks like Adam Lambert's debut album may not be released on 19 Recordings/RCA after all.

Sources confirm to Billboard.com that an album's worth of tracks Lambert co-wrote and recorded before "Idol" will be released in the summer by Hi Fi Recordings and Wilshire Records.

Entitled "On With The Show," the album is slated for release in the summer, months before Lambert's debut on 19/RCA is expected to drop. - more details

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God Tells Singer To Quit Band?- Dead Body Found At Bonnaroo- P.TM Van Accident- Katy Perry Vs Katie Perry- Rock Band: Warped and more
antiMusic reports: "We're on a mission from God!" not quite the Blues Brothers, instead it was Arsonists Get All the Girls who officially addressed the recent departure of vocalist Cameron Reed, who has subsequently been replaced by Jared Monnette. They say in part, "Cameron decided to leave the band shortly after recording vocal tracks and prior to a Mexican tour, his explanation being God told him to leave the band because he was acting selfishly and wasn't putting enough time into focusing on God." more. And here we thought God had more important things to worry about.

A dead body has been discovered by the cleaning crew at the Bonnaroo Festival, which took place last weekend. The body is a man in his 20s, and is thought to be from Alabama. He was found dead in a tent on Tuesday more

Beck has announced a new project called "Record Club," where he and other musicians will cover another artist's album in its entirety. The record will be recorded in one day with "nothing rehearsed or arranged ahead of time," with a song uploaded once a week on Beck.com and other artists' websites.more

Katy Perry is attempting to block an Australian fashion designer from trade-marking her clothing range with the brand name Katie Perry. The irony here? Katie was born with the name and the poptart wasn't. more

Portugal. The Man were in a van accident as they travel in support of their forthcoming album, The Satanic Satanist due out July 21, 2009.more

Fans anxious to hear even more new music from The Dear Hunter should head to the band's Myspace page right away. "The Tank" and "He Said He Had A Story," in addition to "In Cauda Venenum" which was posted a few weeks ago, are streaming now through the album release, are from their forthcoming album, ACT III: LIFE AND DEATH, which is due out June 23 on Triple Crown Records. The band is currently on a nationwide tour with Mewithoutyou through July 11 in Boston. Dates available on the Myspace page.

The Autumn Offering has announced the departure of bass player Mike Poggione. The Daytona Beach, Florida band is urgently looking for a replacement.details

Hatebreed have signed a brand new worldwide deal with Roadrunner Records for the release of the band's next studio album, tentatively due in September/October.more

Bret Michaels will be on The Danny Bonaduce Show next Tuesday at 8:30am to talk about kicking off the Def Leppard/Poison tour in Camden that day and the now infamous Tony Awards Wall Injury. The Danny Bonaduce Show airs on 94 WYSP in Philly. Not in Philly? Don't fret, you can listen online right here

Chickenfoot - the all-star rock band consisting of 2 parts Van Halen (Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony), 1 part Red Hot Chili Peppers (Chad Smith), and Joe Satriani, will perform the entirety of their debut eponymous album at London's 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on Thursday June 25th. The concert has been sold out for months and will be the band's only UK concert this summer.

Kasabian clocked up a second week at the peak of the UK albums chart Sunday (June 21), with their third album 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum' beating off competition from Paolo Nutini and Bruce Springsteen to remain at the top of the chart.more

Dio's "Killing The Dragon" album from 2002 is being released this month on limited-edition vinyl with a gatefold pop-up cover via Night Of The Vinyl Dead.more

Motorhead has announced extra U.S. tour dates alongside Nashville Pussy and Reverend Horton Heat. The currently confirmed dates are listed here

According to the latest Warped Tour newsletter, video game producer Harmonix is planning a series of Warped themed track packages featuring some of the performers at this years tour.more

Kings Of Leon will launch their own record label imprint as part of a new deal with independent music publisher Bug Music.more

Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, and the songwriting team behind the musical Hair are to be inducted into the U.S. Songwriters Hall of Famemore. Someone in the induction committee has a sense of humor by combining Hair and Bon Jovi.

Pinback have announced a tour of the US and Canada, scheduled to kick off October 17 in Tempe, AZmore

Releases by Kings Of Leon, MGMT, Lily Allen and Black Eyed Peas were all cut to a fraction of their price on Wednesday, in a mistake some reckon could alter this Sunday's UK charts more

The Guitar Hero Smash Hits 2009 Music Awards are up and running! Fans can vote for their favorite songs and artists in a variety of categories. Bands up for awards include Aerosmith, Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, Ozzy and Jane's Addiction! Cast your vote here.

Madonna's new daughter has flown out of her native Malawi on a private jet headed for London, an airport employee and a person familiar with Madonna's adoption proceedings in this southern African country said Saturdaymore

ZZ Top will be starring in the next episode of VH1 Storytellers. The show, taped at Chicago's Congress Theatre in the spring premieres Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM on VH1 and will air on VH! Classic and Palladia, MTV Network's high-definition music channel on Saturday, July 4th at 9 PM. Users will be able to view the complete episode at Storytellers.VH1.com beginning June 27 with an online exclusive performance of "Legs." Right now, you can go online for a sneak peek performance of "Sharp Dressed Man." Check it out: Storytellers.VH1.com.

Paul McCartney will pen an original score for the animated feature High In The Clouds, an adaptation of a children's book he wrote with Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardaghmore

Skindred has changed the name of their forthcoming new EP from 'Jumping The Shark' to 'Shark Bites And Dog Fights.'more

The Kraft friendly Jonas Brothers are on track to score their second No. 1 album in less than a year as "Lines, Vines and Trying Times" is on course to debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next weekmore

In a new interview, Moneen revealed the title and release date for their upcoming album. The record is titled The World I Want to Leave Behind and is due out September 15, 2009.more

Britney Spears suffered memory loss as she opened the first night of her Circus tour in Manchester, England - she gave a shout out to the country's capital, London.more

Warrant have pretty much disowned their former frontman Jani Lane with a new statement about his recent DUI arrest. Read it here

Facing several thousand dollars in van repairs, Wrench In The Works is now looking to their fans for some assistance.more -

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Alexisonfire Playing Games
MSO reports: Alexisonfire will debut a new retro-style video game player today titled "Young Cardinals," a throwback to the beloved Ray Ray Parade game.

On the "Young Cardinals" player, fans can listen to a sampler of the new album, register to win exclusive prizes and order the new CD.

To play the game, go to:www.youngcardinals.com. The object of the game is to turn the flying black crows into red cardinals before the clock runs out so you can advance to the next round and continue playing. - more on this story

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Two Cow Garage Hitting The Road
PR reports: Two Cow Garage are celebrating the release of their fourth full-length, "Speaking In Cursive", on Suburban Home Records, and are touring this summer and fall in support of the album.

Comprised of Micah Schnabel (vocals, guitar), Shane Sweeney (bass, vocals), Chris Flint (guitar), Andy Schell (keyboards), and Cody Smith (drums), the outfit, which plays more than 200 shows a year (and has for the past six years), has made their darkest, yet most rewarding record to date, writing songs that deal with the problems and dilemmas of growing up, coming to terms with ones dreams versus reality, as well as songs about substance abuse, the wasting of youth (and the effects on your friends when youth is stolen too soon), navigating the troubled waters of relationships, and, of course, crushes-turned-heartbreak.

With "Speaking in Cursive", Two Cow Garage has brought on a permanent keyboard player with Andy Schell, helping the band expand on their guitar-bass-drum assault, adding depth and richer melodies to the heartbreak-on-the-sleeve lyrical bite and rock attack that Two Cow Garage is already known for. - more on this story

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